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for banks in the country. host: ben bernanke referred yesterday to short-term political liability for this. guest: i think he is absolutely correct. people tend, under these kinds of conditions, to one to blame someone. the problem with that is there are plenty of people to blame. we deregulated the industry. the congress deregulated the industry. there was a culture, if you will, of deregulation. and this encouraged some of what i call speculative activities that led to the bubbles and then the collapse. yes, you had this reaction. i think it is an overreaction, and the outcome would be -- as you try to blame someone you get worse outcomes rather than better outcomes, and i think that is what the chairman was trying to communicate. host: does the banking committee and the members, are they right to be angry at the fete at all? guest: if they're going to be angry, i think they have to be angry at everyone, including themselves. they allow these organizations to get bigger and more risk oriented. and yes, and regulatory agencies because of this culture -- the regulatory agencies because of
the federal reserve to take the lead on this. citing mr. bernanke does not want to step up and -- i think mr. bernanke, unfortunately, does not want to step up and take responsibility. i think the administration put a good deal of capital to work to make sure that he stayed on as chairman of the fed. but honestly, it would require presidential leadership at this point. we see encouraging signs, but also discouraging signs. the president said nice things about big bankers and their compensation just last week. you have to ask the white house where we are on this issue. host: simon johnson is the author of an upcoming book, "13 bankers." when will this come out? guest: when wilthe end of march. i do not think this problem is going to go away anytime soon. host: wyoming, republican line. caller: i would just like to say a few things and please do not cut us off because we do not get a chance to get in as many times as the democrats and the independent line. i'm a conservative woman of color. i notice every time on c-span and i get to be disappointed. and i will get to my question. i notice a ta
. host: a couple other items, business section of "new york times," that ben bernanke has survived a challenge to his second term as chairman, and faces the delicate task of beginning to pull the central bank out of its extraordinary situation. guest: the economy through the fall of 2008 and through last year, in an effort to help banks and credit markets and to prevent the financial system from imploding. they did that by lower the interest rates, and now they have to pull that back. they have to pull the federal reserves investments in the economy back. and they have to do that carefully because they don't want to cause problems in doing so, which is something that could happen. it will be delicate. markets are watching when this will happen. if he doesn't do it right, you will see plunges in stock values. host: what is the update? guest: last week senate dodd announced he was at an impasse with senator shelby, and it's not a good sign. there are some republicans who said they were committed to get a bill. one thing to watch is bob corker, a new senator from tennessee, he's worki
pledged in december make up half of the number needed for the training effort. ben bernanke, the chairman for the federal reserve goes to capitol hill this morning. lawmakers will question him on what he can or will the to ease the jobs crisis and make sure the economic crisis -- economic recovery lasts. you can hear the first hour on c-span radio. there is a new study showing hispanics at high-level staff positions in capitol hill are almost nonexistent. this is in spite of the fact that they make up nearly 1/6 of the u.s. population. a of a hundred senate chief of staff, only one is hispanic. there is no hispanic legislative directives -- directors and only one hispanic staff director. hispanics only hold 12 of the roughly for a 40 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. -- 140 chief of staff jobs and only nine legislative director slots. some say that is an outrage. the european union wants to halt all executions by 2015 as a step towards abolishing the death penalty. the prime minister did not know how the eu would persuade countries like the united states, china
professor and no stranger to the audience at c-span2, douglas bernanke -- douglas brinkley. thank you for joining us this morning. guest: good morning. thanks for having me. host: if president stay were a holiday celebrating just one president, it there or one president to honor, who would it be for you and why? guest: i think the original, george washington. remember presidents day began as washington's birthday in 1880 and subsequently evolved, 1971 was started getting this concept of presidents day morphing of washington and lincoln's birthday and then the idea of just celebrating the institute of the president and having school children learn each president and what they look like and memorize the names. but washington is, in my view, the person we need to be celebrating on presidents' day. he did something very extraordinary as our first president, he stepped down. he showed you could relinquish power. that we were not going to become a market. he could have stayed in for life terms because he was that popular but i think it was the beginning of the tradition -- of the presence i
said --ç and i remembered s@iing this to bernanke -- i believe for theç denning wall . you guys and your friends and wall street caused the problem. even if you think the ballot as necessary, i tell you what to do. go back to the richest and saying we are putting a surtax on millionaires and billionaires to pay for the bailout. that was my view. xd and iç think what michael is talking about, there was huge frustration and anger in this countryq that government has worked to protect the interest of wall street whileç ignoring- çkow3michael talkingi] about tt that he is a father tried to send kids through college. we are putting more money into programs but we have a lot more to do. i think what people are saying and crying out for, what about us. we are working 50 or 60ç hoursa week, start worrying about us and not just the big money interests. i (jjtjr host: senator bernie sanders, thank you for coming on "washington journal." we will take a short break and will become that the discussion regarding the economy and the latinoç community but the president of la raza. fir
of making decisions on interest rates. mr. bernanke does testify regularly on capitol hill explaining what he is doing, and why he is affecting monetary policy the way he is. some, like milton friedman, have suggested that we could replace federal reserve with a computer that could determine these interest-rate formulas. perhaps that would be better. federal reserve policy can be subject to certain criticism. i do not hoknow how we would do this. there is disagreement on the way they have handled the recession, and that is fair. host: another tweet -- guest: $3 trillion of the deficit? over the next 10 years, if we expended all the tax cuts, for everyone, that would be about $3 trillion. the deficit is much bigger than that. the base line is $11 trillion. if you got rid of all the tax cuts, we would still have and $8 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. president obama is not talking about doing that. only for those making more than $250,000 a year. that is only 1/5 of the tax cuts. if you want to get rid of "tax cuts for the rich" it is over $16 billion from a deficit of $11 trillion.
. bernanke looks closer to getting his way after what has been a fraught few months. calls the fed to -- host: chat mooga, tennessee, next on our republican line. laurie. caller: hi. i want to comment about the bipartisanship that i see a great deal of in washington and that seems to be that everybody is in agreement 100% on sucking up to their, to the people that spend the money on them, to get them voted in the office and everybody seems to be completely bipartisan on the fact that they're up there to look after their own skin and not the american people. and as far as trying to agree with somebody on the other side of the aisle just for the sake of being called bipartisan, where's your conviction? it doesn't matter whether you're republican or democrat, independent or whatever. if you've got conviction, stick with them. do what's right for america. not what's right for your party. not what's right for the people who paid to get you in office. and that's about all i have to say. host: orange county, creativity. kalee on our democrats line. caller: i'm a democrat who is going switch to an in
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